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3 commentsFrom left: Bodhi (Ven. Metteyya's attendant), Sharon Salzberg, Ven. Metteyya Lumbini, Nepal, is the birthplace of the Buddha. It is also the birthplace of the Venerable Metteyya, an upper-caste Brahmin who chose to become a Buddhist monk in primarily Hindu Nepal. Metteyya, who recently appeared in the PBS program The Buddha, has committed his life to social work, serving as spiritual advisor to the Sakyadhita Nunnery, a "haven for Lumbini girls who would otherwise be married as young as 10 years and face a life of no education, poverty and labor," according to the organization's literature. More »